Four Hoosiers Ready for NFL Combine

    Go Hoosiers! Rodger Saffold reports to Indianapolis today for the start of the NFL Combine.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Rodger Saffold reports to Indianapolis today for the start of the NFL Combine.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 24, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Left tackle Rodger Saffold, safety Nick Polk and defensive ends Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton will arrive at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week. The Combine begins today and runs through Tuesday, March 2. Coverage begins on the NFL Network Thursday and workouts will air live starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday-Tuesday.

    Saffold and the offensive lineman register today and work out on Saturday along with place-kickers, specialists and tight ends. Kirlew and Middleton arrive on Friday and work out on Monday with the defensive linemen and linebackers. Polk gets his opportunity to work out on Tuesday with the rest of the defensive backs, and he heads to Indianapolis on Saturday.

    Last year, Andrew Means participated in the Combine. In 2008, New Orleans Saints cornerback and Super Bowl hero Tracy Porter, Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy and long snapper Tim Bugg worked out in Indianapolis.

    A 2009 second team All-Big Ten selection, Saffold became the first All-Big Ten Hoosier offensive lineman since Enoch Demar (second team, 2002). He never left the starting lineup after sliding in at left tackle midway through his true freshman campaign. Saffold started 41 games and appeared in 42 in his career. In 2009, he started all 12 games protecting quarterback Ben Chappell's blind side and the Hoosiers allowed just 16 sacks and one sack per 27.5 pass attempts, both of which ranked second in the Big Ten.

    Named team MVP in 2009 for the second straight season, Kirlew also collected second team All-Big Ten accolades. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008. Kirlew finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for lost list with 52.5.



    Kirlew was also selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. Kirlew was also a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).

    Middleton finished his career tied for third on the school's career sacks list with 23. He was named to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List and finished third on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss (31 yards) and fourth with three sacks (15 yards) in 2009.

    In 2007, Middleton was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media, Indiana's first All-Big Ten first team selection from the defensive line since Adewale Ogunleye in 1997. He picked up All-America distinction from the Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team), the Associated Press (third), Sporting News,, (second), (second team) and (first team). The Indianapolis native broke Van Waiters' school record (14 in 1987) with 16 sacks (102 yards lost), a total that led the nation

    Polk closed out his Hoosier career with 40 starts, 31 at free safety and nine at wide receiver, and appeared in 43 overall games. He posted 179 tackles, 131 solo, six tackles for loss, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his three years on defense. Polk caught 33 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown in his lone season at wideout. The Milwaukee native finished the 2009 campaign with 53 tackles, 42 solo, in 11 starts. Polk added two interceptions, two tackles for loss, four pass breakups and returned one kick for 29 yards.


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